Lead Phase-out in Montenegro
Montenegro, a country of around 700,000 people in Southeastern Europe, has taken the giant step of improving fuel quality across the board. As of January 1st 2011, new standards have been adopted that put lead content in petrol at 0.005 g/l and sulphur in petrol and diesel at 10 parts per million.
UNEP/PCFV has worked with Regional Environmental Center (REC) country office Montenegro to support fuel quality improvement since 2009. Sanja Popovac, project coordinator with the country office and the UNEP focal point, praised the impact of PCFV support: “I am very glad to inform you that our project “Improving Fuel Quality in Montenegro – Phase I” made excellent practical impact.”
UNEP is now working with the REC office to explore possible extensions of this work, including auto fuel economy and fuel reserve quality.
As of January 1 2011 leaded fuels will no longer be available in Montenegro. The PCFV-supported national action plan for cleaner fuels and vehicles was adopted by the Ministry of Economy. Official press releases and new conferences announced the changes in Montenegro. Please see here>>